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Former yacht broker Stephen Sadosky died July 12 after a three-year illness. He was 67.

Mr. Sadosky had a career in the nuclear power industry before working in yacht sales with several brokerage offices in the northeastern United States. He then started his own company, Viva Yachts. In 1989 he married Liz Dalton, of Elizabeth Dalton Design (North Palm Beach), and he opened Atlantis Yachts, a luxury powerboat brokerage.

Former yacht broker Stephen Sadosky died .

Former yacht broker Stephen Sadosky died .

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to TrustBridge Health Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, Fla., 33407, +1 888 848-5200.

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Stephen Barry Sadosky, age 67 passed away July 12, 2016. Born March 23,1949 in Hartford Connecticut to Marie Ouellette and Leonard J. Sadosky. He grew up in E. Hartford, attended Penney High School and graduated in 1971 from University of Connecticut Engineering Program. He continued his career development with Knolls Atomic Power Lab supporting the “Father of the Nuclear Navy” Admiral Hyman G. Rickover’s Naval Propulsion Program, and later advanced to nuclear operations training with Yankee Atomic and the Magnaflux Corporation. Steve’s extensive experience in the nuclear industry spanned 30 years, from 1971 through 2001, including: engineering, construction, operations, quality programs and management with leading US firms and utilities. He was a highly respected and well known industry expert in Quality Assurance and Allegation Management for commercial nuclear power plants and related facilities.

Steve’s interests were varied and broad, as he excelled in ocean racing/sailing. Through the 1980s he captained a crew of utility CEOs, racing in numerous regattas, including weathering through and placing 3rd in the Monhegan Island Race in 1988 after a dangerous overnight storm took out a large number of the fleet. He was strong and adventurous. His love of the water and all things marine led him into yacht sales and he had several brokerage offices in New England, then he launched Viva Yachts Inc. which he operated while still involved in the nuclear industry. He used his expertise in quality management and began importing many yachts from Taiwan at the time and became very involved with the design and production of his own line, Viva Yachts. In 1989, he married his wife Elizabeth, moved to Florida and continued to expand his yacht business, opening Atlantis Yachts, a luxury powerboat brokerage. His clients — American, European, Asian and Middle Eastern — became a reason for extensive travel. Often known as “The Mayor”; by friends, he was generous with his knowledge of places to go and people to see. He was a terrific friend to many — the guy who steps up to the plate, the skipper and the pilot. His main passion since 2008 has been flying. He piloted his own twin Cessna 414 and was a knowledgeable IFR rated pilot.

But most important to Steve was his fervor for living, and sharing his energy, passions and love with his friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Dalton, daughter Ann Desilets, sister Sharon Schatz , brother Lenny Sadosky and 2 grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00 pm Sat., July 23 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Palm Beach, Florida (33401). In lieu of flowers please make all donations to TrustBridge Health Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, Florida (33407).

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